Marginal Wood Fern

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Soft Fresh & Radiant Green Marginal Wood Fern!

  • Soft Fresh Dark-Green Fronds
  • Delicate Uniform Leaves
  • Tidy Erect Vase Shaped Clumps
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance
  • Golden Brown Fiddleheads
  • Never Becomes Aggressive!
  • Loves Cool Shady Areas
  • Evergreen Fern in Warmer Climates
  • Deer & Rabbit Resistant
  • Very Cold Hardy
  • Woodland and Winter Interest
  • Loves Moist Rich Soil

The soft, luxuriously fresh fonds of Marginal Wood Fern (Dryopteris marginalis) lend soothing color to your landscape year-round!

Twice compound, deeply cut, grey-green to blue-green fronds hold themselves upright and in a formal, neat vase shape. Forms compact and dense clumps that add glowing lushness to the shade!

Also known as Marginal Shield Fern, these are hardy natives typically found in shaded to the Eastern US, in forest edges and growing in rocky ledges and bluffs. Often found growing under Oaks, nestled under their fallen leaves.

These are well-behaved Ferns that will stay put where you plant them and not colonize. At home in woodland settings and dappled shade.

How to Use Marginal Wood Fern In The Landscape

Marginal Wood Fern is an easy-care groundcover that won't take over your garden beds, mix among shady shrubs and perennials, Hosta, Astilbe, Bleeding Hearts, and of course, other Ferns!

Plant en masse for a vibrant swath of enchanting greenery year-round. Great in containers to provide greenery and ornamental filler, as well as, throughout the garden beds and borders.

Perfect for radiant skirting around the shade of large leggy shrubs and gazebos, patios to provide a soft finishing touch.

Line your shaded borders with lush greenery for glowing transitions between garden and lawn. Excellent native plants for stabilizing shaded slopes and hard-to-mow areas. Marginal Wood Fern grows where most grass cannot without the need of any care!

Eastern Wood Ferns grow in shaded crevices of rocky ledges and ravines, so you can rest assured they'd thrive in your rock gardens and formal urban lots both benefit from a burst of fresh green.

#ProPlantTips For Care

Marginal Wood Ferns are naturally fond of understory locations. Living under the generous shade of large trees and shrubs in moist leaf litter.

Plant in part sun or full shade, especially if planted in a warmer climate. Keep well watered throughout the heat for the healthiest plants. Preferring well-drained soils and moist locations, high in rich organic matter and slightly acidic soils.

A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill. Eastern Fern appreciates protection from cold drying winds that will damage the delicate foliage.

Deer and rabbit resistant, these faster-growing luxuriant plants are tough natives. Drought tolerant once established these hardy perennials will provide years of soothing texture.

You will have little to worry about in the way of pests and hard work to keep these lovely fronds bright green! In fact, once established you'll have little trouble from these low-maintenance plants.

Soothing texture, calming presence, Marginal Wood Fern will give your landscape the spa-treatment! Order your hardy native greenery from Nature Hills Nursery today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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From To S&H
0 - 19.99 19.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Marginal Wood Fern Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Dryopteris marginalis
Type Perennial
Mature Height 18 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Late Autumn